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Jonathan Spira Bio

CEO and Chief Analyst, Basex
Director and VP of Research, IORG

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A noted author and expert in the field of Information Overload, Jonathan B. Spira is CEO and chief analyst of Basex (, a research firm focusing on issues companies face as they navigate the knowledge economy. His new book, Overload! How Too Much Information Is Hazardous To Your Organization published by Wiley & Sons, is the culmination of more than ten years of research with some of the world’s top companies. The book details how Information Overload has infiltrated the workplace and our daily lives, and offers tips and strategies on how to deal with the dizzying excess of information.

Mr. Spira is recognized as one of the technology industry’s leading thinkers and pundits, having pioneered the study of knowledge workers and how information technology impacts them.   He began studying the problem of Information Overload more than two decades ago and his findings, which include data on the lost productivity of knowledge workers, have been cited by thousands of papers and articles on the topic.

Mr. Spira, who directs all research and analytic activities at Basex, is a founding board member of the Information Overload Research Group.

He is also the author of Managing the Knowledge Workforce: Understanding the Information Revolution that’s Changing the Business World (Mercury Business Press) and co-author of The History of Photography (Aperture), which was named a best book of the year by the New York Times.

Mr. Spira speaks regularly to industry and business groups on Information Overload-related subjects. He is a frequently cited news source and commentator for a broad range of business, trade and broadcast media (including Time magazine, the New York Times, Business Week and the Wall Street Journal).

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Archived Chat: How Do I Help Students Handle Information Overload on Social Media Sites?
Apr. 5, 2010

Source: Poynter.orgAuthor: Mallary Jean TenoreDate: June 18, 2009 How do you help students strike a balance between wanting to feel connected, but not overly distracted by flurries of Tweets, Facebook status updates, links distributed on social media sites, etc.? Poynter’s Sara Quinn and 2009 University of Miami graduate Greg Linch answered this question and others […]

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